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BECKWITH, John Watrus, P. E. bishop, born in Raleigh, North Carolina, 9 February 1831. He was graduated at Trinity College, Hartford, in 1852, ordained deacon 24 May 1854, and priest in May 1855. He entered upon work in Wadesboro, North Carolina, but soon removed to Anne Arundel County, Maryland At the beginning of the civil war he removed to Mississippi and thence to Alabama, where he became rector of Trinity Church in Demopolis. At the close of the war he became rector of Trinity Church, New Orleans, and while there was elected bishop of Georgia. He received the degree of S. T. died from Trinity in 1867. He was consecrated bishop in St. John's Church, Savannah, 2 April 1868. It is largely due to his untiring labors that the Episcopal Church in Georgia has steadily gained in influence and strength, tie is a most eloquent and powerful preacher, and m this respect has no superior in the Church of which he is a member. He has published several sermons and addresses.
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